In the small coastal province of New Brunswick, Canada, an unlikely alliance between an indigenous community and non-native locals is challenging one of today's most powerful forces: the oil and gas boom sweeping North America. In 2013, when a Texas energy company began exploring for natural gas, members of the Mi'kmaq Elsipogtog First Nation, French-speaking Acadians and local white families united to drive out the company in an ongoing campaign to protect their land, water and way of life. After months of resistance, their efforts have not only halted drilling; they've also won the election of a new government and a conditional moratorium on fracking. As this community struggles to protect its legal and historical sovereignty against seemingly insurmountable odds, Water Warriors is an intimate look behind the scenes of what The Guardian has called "the frontline of a democratic fight."
Michael Premo is an artist, photojournalist documentary producer, and political strategist. He's co-creator and Executive Producer of Sandy Storyline, a participatory documentary that collects and shares stories about the impact of Hurricane Sandy on our neighborhoods, our communities and our lives. Michael also co-created and collaborates on the multimedia storytelling project Housing is a Human Right, connecting diverse communities around housing, land, and the dignity of a place to call home. And he is an impact producer for the book and film project This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis.